The Buena Vista football team looks to put the tough loss a week ago to Luther College behind them and bounce back this week during the team's non-conference home contest with Waldorf College (1-7).
The 6-3 loss to the Norse was the first Iowa Conference defeat for the Beavers this season after they had won their first four. All the scoring in the game came on back-to-back possessions in the first quarter before the two defenses went head-to-head the rest of the way.
"We just have to move on," says head coach Jay Anderson. "We had our opportunities, and it just didn't happen for us. Our guys have done a good job this week putting last week behind them and looking ahead to starting a new win streak against Waldorf."
BVU will look to get its offense back on track this week against a Warriors' defense that has allowed more than 40 points in five of their eight games this season, including 42 in a 42-14 loss at Dana College last Saturday. The Beavers, despite scoring a season-low three points against Luther, are still averaging over 21 points per outing, and average better than 328 yards of total offense per contest.
A good chunk of that offense (219.8ypg) has come through the air to this point, compared to 109ypg on the ground. Last season, however, it was a balance between the pass and the run that sent BVU on its way to a commanding 46-22 victory over Waldorf. The team turned in 295 yards on the ground, including 152 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns from Alex Moss, while it passed for 243 more.
"We just need to take it ten yards at a time," he says. "We just need to find a rhythm and keep moving the ball down the field."
Speaking of the passing game for Buena Vista, it will be facing a Warrior defense which allowed 285 yards passing to the Vikings a week ago. Senior quarterback Matt Pearey has completed 52.2 percent of his attempts on the year for 1,319 yards and six touchdowns. Three receivers have more than 15 catches, led by Trent Svendsen who has hauled in 27 catches for 305 yards and one touchdown. Steven Maguire and Eric Bertelsen follow with 19 and 16 catches, respectively, with Bertelsen leading the team in touchdown grabs with four.
The team will look for another solid attack on the ground against Waldorf this season, as sophomore Cory Donscheski has carried the ball 94 times for a team-leading 393 yards and six scores. Moss is right behind with 73 rushes for 284 yards and one touchdown. Two weeks ago against Luther, the Warriors gave up 307 yards on the ground.
Waldorf did most of its damage against the Vikings on the ground, chalking up 142 yards on 42 attempts. Lewis Rolling led the way with 104 yards on 21 attempts. RocTerrius Hobbs completed just 6-of-15 pass attempts for 53 yards, while throwing a pair of interceptions. He did, however, turn in a pair of rushing scores. The Warriors will be facing a Beaver defense which stuffed the run against Luther, allowing only 60 yards on 35 carries, and is also allowing just less than 186 yards through the air on the year.
"They [Waldorf] run a double-wing which is an offense we don't see much of in our league," adds Anderson. "It will certainly be assignment football on the defensive side for us this week."
Alan Bladt and Ben Hansen lead the charge for BVU with 40 tackles apiece, including four tackles for a loss from Bladt, as Hansen also has one interception. Rahn Franklin leads the team with four interceptions, while Travis Forkner has a pair of sacks.
"Defensively, the guys need to keep the momentum going as they've played well as of late," states Anderson. "Recording more take-a-ways is something we're shooting for."
The Warrior defense was led by Nate Lidtke's 13 total tackles against Dana, while Eric Janssen added 10.
BVU will look for its fifth win overall in 2008 which would secure them of at least a .500 or better season for the ninth time since 1998. It is also looking to move to 5-2 in its last seven home games, dating back to last season.
Kick-off inside of J. Leslie Rollins Stadium is at 1pm The game can be heard locally on 97.5FM KBVU or by going online to http://www2.bvu.edu/athletics/broadcast/.